Sister of Providence speaks out about D.C. protest, arrest

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Two hundred Catholic priests, sisters and brothers gathered in the nation’s capital on Thursday, The Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children, to protest the treatment of illegal immigrant children at the border.

Among those 200, 70 were arrested for civil disobedience, including Sister Barbara Battista, a Sister of Providence and the congregation’s justice promoter.

The whole point of action was not to focus on the actual act of being arrested or who was being arrested. Becasue we wanted the focus to be on those children.”

Sister Barbara Battista, a Sister of Providence

Peaceful protesters walked from the U.S. Capitol lawn to the Russell Senate Office building holding pictures of immigrant children who passed away in detention centers.

Once inside the building, protesters laid on the floor of the rotunda forming the symbol of the cross.

Having already decided to take part in the civil disobedience, Battista took her place on the floor, “Honestly, what came over me was the amount of effort, and energy and turmoil that these children and families go through just to get to our border.”

Battista was handcuffed and transported to a holding center where she stayed alongside fellow protesters for several hours.

After paying the $50 fine for civil disobedience, she was greeted by her support team.

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